Roy Keane, a long-time resident of Manchester, was speaking to the media this morning and expressed his deep sorrow for the victims of Monday night’s terror attack in the city.
The Republic of Ireland are based in Fota Island resort in Cork as they prepare for the upcoming friendly fixture’s with Mexico and Uruguay. Football, however, at a time like this takes a back seat, Keane is quick to point out.
The former Manchester United captain said of the appalling terrorist bomb which killed 22 and injured 64 people when detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena earlier this week, many of whom were young children:
“It was shocking news.
“It always seems even worse when it’s on your doorstep.
“The people that carry out these acts on innocent people; it’s shocking that we live on a planet like that and very scary. You’re always concerned and send your best wishes to the people that suffered.”
The Irish assistant boss continued to explain how it felt so real for him, as anyone he knew or even his family could have easily been caught up in the atrocities:
“I knew where my family were. I knew they were at home.
But you always know of people that might be there and thank God my family were not in that area at the time.”
On his ex-club’s Europa League win last night, although many quarters are building it up to be a showing of strength for the city of Manchester and a symbol of defiance against the terror that is sweeping the world, the Cork native isn’t exactly buying into that idea. Roy extends his sincere condolences to the victims and their families at this incredibly difficult time while putting the achievements of United last night into perspective.
“I personally don’t think it’ll help,” he said.
“Winning the trophy is not going to bring back the people that have been killed or the people that have been badly injured.
“You just send your best wishes to the people that are suffering. A game of football…..it has no bearing on the people’s thoughts or feelings at this moment in time.”
While the ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder’s views are impossible to disagree with, it was still great to see the unity showed between supporters of Man United with Man City and Liverpool this week as football rivalry was a secondary concern in light of the tragic events in Manchester on Monday night.
Hat Tip: RTE
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